[cross-posted to Daimnation!]
Mark Cuban seems like a cool guy, but his show is probably the most boring, pointless reality show I’ve ever seen. (I’ve never seen Temptation Island.) I just gave up on it before the half-hour mark, in the middle of Cuban’s interminable one-on-one interviews with the 15 remaining contestants. The Amazing Race has people jumping from airplanes, Survivor has contestants diving off cliffs, and The Benefactor has…interviews.
I’ll admit that eliminating one candidiate 15 minutes into the show (after he called the program “stupid”, unaware that Cuban was watching the whole conversation) got my attention. But 30 minutes into The Benefactor, I still didn’t get the point of the friggin’ show. It’s kind of like a job interview, I guess, but we already have a job-interview reality show – The Apprentice – which actually has people doing things. The Benefactor, by contrast, is like a particularly dull Big Brother episode. I don’t know the development history of this show, but I’ll bet ABC was so desperate for a hit that they shoved this one into production before the rules had been completely thought through.
But surely I should watch the entire first episode before I pass judgment, right? Well, I guess it’s possible something exciting could be happening right now. But I say that if it couldn’t hook me in the first half hour, that’s the show’s fault.
As Cuban himself noted when he kicked out that first contestant, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. The producers should have taken his advice.